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AAP’s Kumar Vishwas claims he was offered CM’s post in return for joining BJP

BJP looks at legal action and asks for a name; Vishwas keeps mum, others in AAP point at Manoj Tiwari.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 31, 2014 11:04 am
vishwas-t Kumar Vishwas said that he did not wish to pursue the matter as he had declined the offer.

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas reignited a familiar row between political parties in Delhi on Friday, claiming that he was offered the position of the Delhi Chief Minister by a BJP MP in May, soon after the Lok Sabha elections.

Vishwas alleged the offer was made despite the fact that he was not an MLA, and was told by the MP that this problem would be circumvented by Vishwas contesting a bypoll. “On May 19, a BJP MP, a good friend, visited me along with other party leaders. During talks, he made an offer that I switch to BJP and in return I would be made the Chief Minister and that the higher-ups were aware of the move. The MP said if I agreed to his proposal he would take me to his senior leaders. I humbly declined it,” Vishwas alleged.

While Vishwas refused to name the MP, AAP officials claimed it was Northeast Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari.

The AAP backed Vishwas’s claims. “AAP has consistently said that the BJP has been using all tricks to approach our leaders but failed.
The AAP has provided evidence whenever a specific news has broken out. Vishwas has done the right thing by going public,” the party said.

The BJP, however, called the allegations baseless, with Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay saying that the party was exploring the possibility of legal action against Vishwas.

“It seems Arvind Kejriwal has written a new script for Vishwas. He should reveal the name of the BJP MP who had made the offer. This kind of baseless allegations has been made by Kejriwal in the past and I think Vishwas is following his path. If Vishwas has proof, he should present it,” Upadhyay said.

Tiwari said, “I did not do any such thing. I know Vishwas, but did not meet him to offer the Chief Minister’s post. This is a publicity stunt.”

Meanwhile, Congress leaders seemed to disregard the allegations. “AAP leaders are making such charges to stay politically relevant. Vishwas should reveal the name of the BJP MP. The AAP usually conducts sting operations before making such allegations, so if the party has any recordings, it should make it public,” Mukesh Sharma, Delhi Congress spokesperson said.

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    annu chopra
    May 5, 2015 at 12:57 pm
    why feminists/media/ women organisations not demanding action against modi for deserting his wife? BJP is going after vishwas . Congress must go after modi if gender biased law are not changed or repealed. that will bring sanity in the govt. and end selective men genocide. 65000 men are forced to commit suicides due to barbaric dowry/dv laws and 65000 widows are created every year as per official NCRB stats
    1. prakash gotimukul
      Aug 30, 2014 at 4:44 pm
      This loud mouth poet politician is known for that. In AAP everyone is a CM candidate, thats what their leader said, so now KV is trying to indirectly tell AK next time dont forget my name..........but the question is what will happen after 49 days?? Any guessess
      1. M
        Aug 31, 2014 at 5:56 am
        I do not think BJP deals in junk
        1. Debol Mukherjee
          Aug 30, 2014 at 12:48 pm
          Mr. Biswas are you sure it was not Barack Obama who offered you President post in U.S.A?
          1. O
            Aug 30, 2014 at 10:29 am
            The more the Govt. delays the polls in Delhi, the more AAP claims sound true to me. It really makes me feel BJP is afraid of AAP coming to power in the heart of India. Also, if polls are held and AAP comes to power, it will be big setback for the widely propogated NaMo wave. Also it gives an opportunity for disgruntled MPs in BJP to voice their dissent more openly if BJP loses the elections. So, from every dimension, BJP has more to lose from this polls than to again. That may be the reason they are avoiding the polls
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